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    Nurse Charged With Homicide

    Over 40,000 people die every year in this country due to medication errors. That would be 40,000 nurses, doctors and pharmacists on trial for accidental homicide. Now THAT would cause a nursing shortage.
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    Nurse Charged With Homicide

    This is a terrible thing to a human being. There's that old joke about doctors burying their mistakes. But a woman made a mistake and the lawyers want to burn her at the stake. After 50 years of nursing, I sometimes worry if I ever made a serious error that I'm not even aware of. For this nurse to be treated like this is almost unthinkable. Think there is a nursing shortage now? Where is the responsibility of administrators putting nurses in over their heads with impossible hours and work loads? Policeman shoot the wrong people and get off. We are both in jobs where peoples lives are in the balance. We all do our best but sometimes that is just not enough.
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    Psst....Let's Talk About Gossip in the Nurses' Station

    To the Nurse who thinks gossip is great fun as it makes the day go faster. Sounds like you are part of the problem. You are trying to give a destructive behavior a happy face. Perhaps you could find something possitive to be a leader in. Try tackling Ending Hunger, or the Wish Foundation and start conversations around those. This will keep you so busy you won't have time for gossip.
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    Why Do Nurses Quit?

    I like your honesty with yourself and with us. Good luck with whatever youdo.
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    Why Do Nurses Quit?

    I agree completely. That is why after 20 years in hospitals, I quit and went into Home Health Nursing. I was able to determine my own patient load (with a few exceptions) and work at my own level of expertise. I could stay with a patient 10 minutes longer if I deemed it neccesary or leave earlier if the patient was becoming more independant. We worked as a tean with good communication and helped each other when possible, ie: a PT might reinforce a dressing for me and I might do an extra set of exercises with a patient. A Home Health Aide and I could coordinate a visit to help each other with some heavy lifting. I also found that Dr's were much more attentive to patient problems when we addressed them. I lasted 30 years on that job.
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    What is your Nursing Super Power?

    Good for you. It was years before I got an order like that but I didn't back down and he was more respectful to me as well.
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    Under the Covers: My Experience With Post-op Pain Control

    I am a retired nurse with 53 years of experience in med-surg and psychiatry. Recently, I had surgery that required sedation and anesthesia. I am always astrongly affected by sedation and actually remember very little of my first 2 post-op days. I was encouraged to take pain medications although I was so sedated I didn't feel pain. What disturbs me the most, even now, is that I was discharged although I had no idea what my follow-up care should be. I kept saying I wasn't ready to go home but everyone, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and even the doctor who assisted with my surgery said I was and I was discharged accordingly. If my head had been clear I would have demanded to see a social worker, a case manager, and my surgeon. As I was, I just followed directions and home I went. I had no idea what to do with my leg brace or ice pack machine. Simple things and perhaps I was instructed in them but my mind was so fuzzy I couldn't remember. It is like the nurse who came in and was sarcastic about your pain button next to your bed. How did he not know that we all need to be reinstructed in every aspect of care til we can repeat and/or demonstrate it back clearly? I'm not sure that is because we nurses are so busy, as we are not instructed ourselves in the effects of anesthesia on our minds. I worked in Home Health for 30 years, and one of the things all of my team knew was that reality and time orientation were needed for days and sometimes weeks for any older person who had anesthesia. Surgery is not just a physical experience, it is mental, emotional, and spiritual as well.
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    Why are nurses disrespected so much?

    The American Nurses Association is very proud that Nurses are THE most respected professionals in America. This has been so for many years. When you respect yourself and others, respect will come back to you. I retired after 53 years of nursing. In my experience, the loudest, crankiest or rudest patients are actually just plain scared. Many of them scared almost to death. Love them, be patient with them and as they heal so will their behavior. Give yourself and your chosen profession some time. And be true to yourself.
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    What is your Nursing Super Power?

    I believe it becomes your superpower when you declare it so. After that it grows and grows.
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    What is your Nursing Super Power?

    No coincidence, for sure.
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    What is your Nursing Super Power?

    I worked Home Health for 30 years. This work was primarily with the elderly. I quickly learned my super power was removing impactions. My company soon nicknamed me "The Super Dooper Pooper Scooper." My most dreaded treatment was having to draw blood. Needless to say, my teammates quickly learned I would drive anywhere, anytime to trade skills.
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    NTI: Resiliency and Burnout

    Is meaningful recognition code for more money? I was thinking more like listening to the staff's needs and requests
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    NTI: Resiliency and Burnout

    Out of 14 suggestions, there is only 1 that refers to Administration and that 1 is "appropriate staffing." Everything else is on the ICU staff and nurses. Administration is off the hook again. After all, they do the hiring and the deciding what is appropriate or not.
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    Inappropriate nurses?

    The threat I see is that she was pouring meds when she was interupted. That can be deadly.
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    RN shortage

    Yes. They deliberately short the staff on every unit and tell you to "Do the best you can." How many times have you heard that?
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    RN shortage

    I loved my job in the trenches for 53 years. I'm not sure you know what you are missing. When I turned 70 Social Security gave me a hefty raise I didn't know anything about. Nice but I still had a couple more years in me. After 2 years of retirement (it was great, I read every book I hadn't had time for in the previous half a century) Now I'm back in the conversation. I've written my first book and heading for the second. Try the trenches, you might like them.
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